|Durham County Poor House|
What can I find in a county poor farm record?
Finding Poor House Records
- These institutions were called by different names; poor house, poor farm, almshouse, county farm.
- Poorhouses were not located in each North Carolina county.
- Poorhouses opened in the various North Carolina locations at different times between 1811 and 1854.
- Many poor houses or farms had their own cemeteries. These cemeteries are sometimes known as “pauper’s field” and contain no headstones or outward identification other than a rock. Other poor houses used nearby church cemeteries to bury the deceased.
(This is a draft of an article I wrote for the Wake County Genealogical Society journal several years ago.)